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I'm going to bike tour Japan! (Kyushu)

Old 05-24-19, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by dgodave
I did it!
And it was awesome.
Beautiful country.
Friendly people.
Challenging language.
Difficult hilly rides.
Looks like a great ride - what were your favorite parts in addition to Kunisaki? Sorry to hijack your thread with my recommendations but I guess folks will find it via Kyushu search to get some ideas...
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Originally Posted by riceowls
Looks like a great ride - what were your favorite parts in addition to Kunisaki? Sorry to hijack your thread with my recommendations but I guess folks will find it via Kyushu search to get some ideas...
I really liked the "epic" quiet backroad routes I rode. Some of these involved difficult climbing. Like route 8 between Taketa and Takachiho. Very pretty with interesting man made features at intervals. And I even saw a Tanuki on the tiny little road into the mountains paralleling route 72 on the way to Sakurajima. Another hard climb.



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I just wanted to say congratulations, that looks amazing.

I'm heading for Shikoku in October of this year (got an amazing deal on airfares considering the timing). Your post makes me realise I need to plan another trip to do Kyushu one day.
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Originally Posted by Chris L
I just wanted to say congratulations, that looks amazing.

I'm heading for Shikoku in October of this year (got an amazing deal on airfares considering the timing). Your post makes me realise I need to plan another trip to do Kyushu one day.
Thanks. It really was amazing.

Shikoku was actually my first choice of destinations, but for various logistic reasons Kyushu worked better. I hope you post about your tour. I'd like to return to Japan to ride Shikoku someday.
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Old thread I know but it sounds like you did the same tour that Iím planning in October/November. And Iím planning to take my Brompton as well.

Any part of your route that you would not recommend? Perhaps too hilly or boring? Iím planning to camp with the odd night at a ryokan. Did you notice a lot of campgrounds?
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Sounds like a great trip!

Be sure to read up on the gift culture in Japan!
https://www.nihongomaster.com/blog/t...-what-to-give/
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No intention to promote anything, but if you search waddo on you tube I have many cycling touring videos all of Japan as I live here. Cold give some ideas for great destinations.
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Insurance

Don't forget to make sure you have 3rd party liability (sometimes called personal liability) insurance for riding your own bike in Japan. It is legally required in most areas. You probably won't be checked for it but if you get in an accident there will be trouble without it.
As Japan is very compensation oriented the emphasis is on the damage you do to other persons property or health.
One claim for damages (to an injured pedestrian) for a bad crash with a bicycle was awarded $850,000 USD in a Japanese court.
​When I last checked local third liability insurance in Japan can only be purchased by Japanese residents, so plan ahead.
Sometimes your home insurance policy will cover third party liability anywhere in the world, but check it carefully and carry photocopied documents of your policy. Usually the policy will not specifically mention bicycles but exclude "motorized" vehicles so I don't know about ebikes.
Rental bikes in Japan appear to be covered under the renters blanket policy.
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